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On February 16 our Houston chapter presented Protecting Your Company & Managing Risk: Pragmatic Disaster Recovery, Houston event.jpga panel discussion focusing on formulating the best plan of action for company technology and assets in the event of a natural or man-made disaster. 

Our Expert Speakers Were:

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Here’s What They Advised Us:

  • Invest in communications training. All employees need to be made aware of who can speak to the public and the press.
  • Consider the human element. Don’t rely too much on email and text – talk to people!
  • Establish emergency contact information every 6 months.
  • Build a recovery team and risk group in which Facilities, HR, Legal, and Finance are all included.
  • Establish the areas where you absolutely cannot lose systems.
  • Don’t assume that people will react under stress with what they agree to during table top demonstrations.
  • Be prepared for the absence of critical employees.
  • Ask yourself: What are we doing as an organization to help people who are adversely affected, all while continuing with “business as usual”?
  • Make sure that your employees can get paid.
  • Leave yourself the ability to procure laptops and assume that you might lose them.
  • Consider your business interruption exposure.
  • Identify continuity plans for your vendors.
  • Split your supplier base.
  • Get a cyber security assessment.
  • Keep all IT systems updated.
  • Review your plan regularly, focusing on what’s changed and who’s changed.
  • Occasionally “flip the switch” and see if the plan works.
  • And, most important, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

For details about the Houston CFO Leadership Council, take a look at our chapter page or contact Ginger Coleman at [email protected].  And, don’t miss out on our next event on March 9, So You Think You Can Lead?